CFP: Memory, Forgetting, and Commodification (4/20/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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paige sweet
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CFP: Memory, Forgetting, and Commodification (04/20/06; M/MLA,
11/09/06 - 11/12/06)

M/MLA: Chicago, 11/9/06-11/12/06
Conference theme: High & Low Culture

cfp for Special Session: "Memory, Forgetting, and Commodification:
revisiting the relations of culture and politics"

Abstract due: April 20, 2006

If it is true that "all objectification is a forgetting," as Adorno
claims, what are the implications of this assertion for culture,
politics, and history in late capitalism? By posing the question thus,
perhaps we can begin to unravel the dense networks implied in the
commodity in order to ask what kinds of memories it consolidates and
objectifies, and what is omitted and forgotten. This panel seeks
papers for a special session of the Midwest Modern Language
Association that reflect upon the complex relations among the
commodity, memory, history, and forgetting. Papers that consider the
consequences (perilous or redemptive) of these relations for politics
are particularly encouraged. Literary expositions would be
enthusiastically welcome.

Participants must become members of the M/MLA by June 1, 2006.

Please send 250-word abstracts to Paige Sweet by April 20, 2006.

Abstracts may be sent via email to:

Or through regular post to:

Paige Sweet
Comparative Literature
235 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Drive SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0195

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